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J.D. Robb
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Oct. 17 2006 In Death Series (Book 4)
They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common - and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious. And her instincts paid off when autopsies revealed small burns on the brains of the victims. Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eve's investigation turned to the provocative world of virtual reality games - where the same techniques used to create joy and desire could also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction . . .

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The year is 2056. mood-altering drugs are legal, prostitution is licensed, virtual-reality games have replaced TV sets for entertainment and New York supercop Eve Dallas continues her sleuthing in Robb's fourth installment in the Death series (Naked in Death, Glory in Death, etc.). This time around, Eve has married her soul mate, Roarke, and is caught up in the puzzling suicide of a technician who's been working on Roarke's unfinished space resort. The young tech, Eve learns, had cheerfully hanged himself after a VR trip. Back on Earth, autopsies from two similar suicides reveal a pin-sized burn on the brains of the victims. All clues point to a deadly subliminal message in a VR toy?one that Roarke produces. This is sexy, gritty, richly imagined suspense. The fact that it is written by Nora Roberts under the pseudonym J.D. Robb is a tribute to her versatility.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A COMPELLING AND CONVINCING READING Dec 14 2001
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
Voice performer Susan Ericksen is both compelling and convincing in her reading of this fourth book in the "In Death" series by noted author Nora Roberts writing as J. D. Robb. As was the case with the three previous tales, "Rapture In Death" is a skillful blend of mystery, romance and hi jinks.
While Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows her way around her New York precinct and has seen what few can imagine, she's not come up against three apparent suicides - a sharp engineer, a questionable attorney, and a maybe, maybe not politician.
Is it possible that someone or something is causing these people to take their own lives? What does our intrepid detective discover as she probes the lives of the lately departed?
It's the year 2058 and Eve is supposed to be on her honeymoon with her new spouse at a resort on another planet. After all, this is 50 years hence so we can add sky glides, increased life spans, and the other someday-will-bes that we now read about in sci-fi.
The addition of techno thrills spices her story as Roberts spins another spellbinding yarn. This is a good one to listen to while curled up by the fire on a cold winter's night.
- Gail Cooke
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slight departure from her normal style March 23 2010
By Lotusland Lady TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I confess to being a huge fan of Eve Dallas, Roarke and the gang. The formula is standard; the centre is always the love story between Eve and Roarke, with several characters who frequent each book making an appearance, all wrapped around a mystery Eve solves with some help from her sidekick, Peabody and assistance from her husband, Roarke. Generally the author lets the characters reveal themselves through conversation and action. The dialogue is crisp and quite often, very funny. Eve is sardonic, defensive and uncertain in emotional encounters, totally confident when working as a cop, and ruthless in interrogation.
For some reason J.D.Robb decided we needed a gentler Eve in this book. There is a lot of exposition. We are told what people think and feel. Eve tells Peabody on two or three occasions that she "likes" her and we are told how Peabody feels about these compliments. I must say, despite a good story, I didn't enjoy this Eve quite so much. I kept wondering if the author, an unbelievably busy writer, outsourced the actual writing to someone else, perhaps someone who normally writes Danielle Steele novels. I think if I had started with this book in the "In Death" series I would not have read more. Fortunately I have read the latter ones as well as those that come before, and they are much better written. More energy, more tension between the main characters and even better sex. As an example, when Eve panics at getting on a space shuttle to go to a space station for her honeymoon we can accept her fear, although Roarke laughing as he throws her over his shoulder and carries her on board seems out of character for him. But when she is equally panic stricken and refuses to get on the shuttle for the return flight, this is totally out of character with the pragmatic cop we know.
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By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Rapture in death" is the 4th book in J. R. Robb's futuristic "In death" series. I believe that this book is just as good as the previous ones, even though it has some scenes that are extremely unsettling. Despite that, "Rapture in death" has all the ingredients that make this series so engaging, that is a good mystery waiting to be solved plus romance, fast-paced action and very interesting characters.

It is the year 2058, and Lieutenant Eve Dallas is enjoying her honeymoon with Roarke, a handsome billionaire with a highly unorthodox past. Unfortunately, not even in a resort far from Earth can Eve escape murder, as she has to deal with the death of a young man who commits suicide. The case seemed deplorable but simple enough, until once back to Earth and her job in the New York Police Department Eve realizes that there might be a connection between that death and new ones, due to the fact that all the deceased committed suicide, had virtual reality machines, and small burns in their brains.

Along with her faithful aide Peabody, Captain Feeney and her "civilian expert" Roarke, Eve will try to find who is to blame in this mortal game where mind control is a factor that must be taken into consideration. Those who have already read the other books in the series, will be happy to know that they will meet again previous friends, for example Mavis and Nadine.

All in all, I think that you are likely to enjoy "Rapture in death", if you can get past the scenes I talked about at the beginning of this review. In my opinion, it is worthwhile trying to do so. Finally, and in case you are new to this series, I recommend you to read the books in the correct order, instead of starting with this one, because you will enjoy each one of them even more in that case. That having been said, happy reading :)

Belen Alcat
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4.0 out of 5 stars Even honeymoons have to end June 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The previous novel dealt with the preparations for the wedding between Eve and Roarke, and the "minor" inconvenience for the former of having to keep her best friend, Mavis, out of jail. This book starts with the honeymoon, which surprised me, since the author did not give any descriptions of the eagerly awaited wedding. We get a glimpse here and there of a few aspects of the ceremony in this book, but I think there were a lot of readers interested in a more thorough description of the event.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas does not even get to finish her honeymoon in peace. In the last stage of their trip, Eve is spending some time in one of the many resorts off-planet Roarke owns and is involved in a case when an employee is found hanged in his room. Even though there are no reasons for this person to commit suicide, there is no other logical conclusion, so that is the ruling at the time. Back home and after resuming her duties, Eve has to spend a day in court facing a pushy and crafty defense attorney, but her hate turns to surprise when he is found hours later as a victim of an apparent suicide. When she discovers that a politician with no reasons to kill himself jumped from a building, the coincidence becomes too much and Eve gets deeper and deeper into one of the toughest cases she has faced yet.
J.D. Robb maintains a high level of quality in terms of writing, a fast-paced action and a good character development. At least for me what happens with the relationships between the characters is half the fun. Peabody is given a more prominent role as Eve's aid after the last case, in which a criminal working from within the police department used the young cop for his evil purposes. We even get to take another step towards understanding Eve's childhood, since in this installment she remembers more facts about what her father did to her and about how she ultimately killed him. This futuristic series has clearly got my attention and it will not let go!
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Published 1 month ago by Barbara Bennett
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I read all of J> D> Rob's books about Eve and enjoy them always. They are light reading and relaxing with them is my pastime
Published 19 months ago by beverly bressette
5.0 out of 5 stars Roarke's back!
Death follows Eve and Roarke on their honeymoon in outer space, but is it suicide or homicide? When more bodies show up back on planet Earth, Eve faces another case where clues... Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by BCBLoyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot!
After reading the first 3 books in the series, I couldn't wait to read this book. Wow! Robb/Roberts just keeps gettig better and better. Read more
Published on July 29 2002 by M. Dickinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
While I didn't walk into this book with high expectations (I hadn't read any of the others in the series), I was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published on July 24 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars J.D. Robb strikes gold with one...
J.D. Robb strikes gold with Rapture in Death. One of many great books by this vetran writer!
Published on July 16 2002 by Chris Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Rorake and Eve are on their honey moon when someone is mysteriously found, hung and dead, in one of Rorake's off planet hotels. Then, two other aparent suicides take place. Read more
Published on June 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Superior Entertainment
"Rapture in Death" is the 4th instalment in Robb's futuristic "In Death" series, and I am most impressed. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2002 by Sophie
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of these books.
I have read everything she has written and can't get enough. She hasn't written a book lower than a 5 rating yet! Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2001 by Predestogo
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